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Clinical Competency Committee Collaborative Learning Community

Collaborative Learning Communities (CLCs) are defined groups with a commitment to shared goals, resources and responsibility and managed through collective authority and accountability.


This first CLC was created to optimize the process by which Clinical Competency Committees (CCC) report milestones. The mission of the collaborative was to develop efficient and effective ways to plan, lead, implement, and improve the CCCs in residency programs. It served as a laboratory in which members share successes and challenges, tested hypotheses, developed “out of the box” ideas for members, and learned from one another. The CLC reported its findings and recommendations to the AAIM Innovations Committee in July 2016.

Innovation Strategies

  • Applied process improvement to CCCs, i.e. SWOT analysis
  • Increased resident engagement in their milestones assessment either before or during the CCC meeting
  • Identified opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of milestones ratings scale and address areas of competency not included in the current framework 
  • Developed faculty development workshops for core faculty to improve their understanding of the assessment tools which provide data to CCCs.

Resources Developed

Short video presentation on how to engage residents before, during, and after CCC meetings (handout available)
Short series of faculty development workshops that programs can use to educate their CCC and faculty members about the resident assessment process.
Proposal for a potential new subcompetency on “efficiency/executive function” which was presented as a poster at the 2016 ACGME Annual Educational Conference.

Conference Presentations and Publications

Hitting Your Milestones? Educational Theory versus Practical Reality (workshop at 2016 Skills Development Conference)
Helping Residents See, See, See what the CCC is all about: Resident Engagement in Clinical Competency Committees (workshop at 2016 Skills Development Conference)
Shift Cards in the Resident Outpatient Clinic--Providing feedback to residents and informing your Clinical Competency Committee (poster at 2016 Skills Development Conference)
Reporting Milestones Opportunities: Feedback from the Field (poster presentation at 2016 APDIM Spring Conference - abstract and poster)
Defending Your Portfolio:  Resident Engagement in the Clinical Competency Assessment (workshop at 2016 APDIM Spring Conference)
Faculty Development for CCC’s:  Getting the Most Out of Ratings and Raters (workshop at 2016 APDIM Spring Conference)
The Clinical Competency Committee Collaborative Learning Community: A Look Back
(Academic Internal Medicine Insight, Volume 14, Issue 3)
The AAIM Clinical Competency Committee Collaborative Learning Community report (Academic Internal Medicine Insight, Volume 13, Issue 3)


J. Matthew Blackwell, MD
Carolinas Medical Center

Matthew Burday, MD
Christiana Care Health System

Jacqueline Darcey, MD
Morristown Medical Center

Andem E. Ekpenyong, MD (Co Chair)
Rush Medical College of Rush University

Nacide Ercan-Fang, MD
University of Minnesota Medical School

Jacqueline Fairchild, MD
Mercy Hospital
Kathleen Finn, MD
Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital
Richard Goodgame, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Stephanie Halvorson, MD
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Saba Hasan, MD
Capital Health Regional Medical Center
Jennifer Jeremiah, MD (Co Chair)
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Candice Mateja, MD
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine
Jaya Raj, MD
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Adam Treitman, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago/Christ Hospital
Omar Vargas, MD
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Lauren Meade, MD (Facilitator)
Tufts University School of Medicine Baystate Medical Center